Ganga new WI skipper; Samuels in, Sarwan out

London, June 1:

Jamaica batsman Marlon Samuels was summoned to the West Indies cricket squad to replace injured captain Ramnaresh Sarwan on Thursday.

Daren Ganga, the vice captain who took over West Indies in the second Test at Headingley after Sarwan damaged his shoulder in the field last Friday, was named captain. Samuels has played 23 Tests for an average of 28 runs. His last Test was a 49-run defeat to India in Jamaica in July 2006. He played at the World Cup.

Without Sarwan, West Indies batted one man short and fell to their worst Test defeat, an innings and 283 runs on Monday. Sarwan was ruled out of the rest of the West Indies tour of England and returned home on Wednesday.

“It’s unfortunate for Sarwan to get injured but it’s an opportunity for us to rally around each other and make West Indians proud,” Ganga said. “I did not really think about (the captaincy) while being vice captain but these things happen in cricket and its an opportunity for me. It’s not going to be any different in terms of how we operate.”

West Indies trail 1-0 in the four-Test series. The tourists are playing Marylebone Cricket Club, skippered by Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya, in a three-day match from Friday in Durham. The third Test starts on June 7 at Old Trafford, Manchester. The fourth begins on June 15 at Chester-le-Street in Dur-ham, followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.